Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy 2014!

2013 saw a lot of changes for us. We moved from Iowa to Miami. The move came up about the time of my last post on this blog, so there you go. Miami is a big change from Iowa, but having lived in Las Vegas, Nevada and Orlando, Florida, it wasn't completely another planet. Although, Miami is different from both of those places. This time we had the added challenge of moving school aged children, so the school area we move to is much more important than before.

But, enough about moving halfway across the country, just in time to avoid a horribly cold Iowa winter.

I had set a goal of 105 books to read for this year. It looks like I beat that goal and ended up with 112 books read. I did not read as much non-fiction as I'd hoped, so it's a goal that will carry over to this year. The books I read were all over the place, but a lot came from mystery, fantasy/sci fi/urban fantasy and romance.

One of my favorite series I read this year was the Cassandra Palmer series by Karen Chance. She released the latest book in the series this fall and it sounded interesting, so I started from the beginning. It is the first series probably since Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series that I just read the books back to back until I finished everything that was out there. I did take a break before reading book one of the spin off series Midnight's Daughter.

My short list of favorite books that I read in 2013 is:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley's Masterpiece by Rosanne Montillo 

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Fangirl  by Rainbow Rowell

Lamb by Christopher Moore

Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

God Save the Queen  by Kate Locke

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

There were also some great entries in series that I have been reading for awhile, including the last Sookie Stackhouse book in 2013.
My favorite series:

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris (final book in Sookie Stackhouse series)

Tempest Reborn by Nicole Peeler (final book in Tempest series)

Etiquette and Espionage  and Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger (new YA series in her Parasol Protectorate universe)

Ever After by Kim Harrion (Hollows series, more to come in this one!)

What A Ghoul Wants by Victoria Laurie (Ghost Hunter series, and one of the best in the series)

The Twelve Clues of Christmas  and Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness mysteries)

Time Thief and The Art of Stealing Time by Katie MacAlister (new series by a favorite author)

Tulle Death Do Us Part by Annette Blair (Vintage Magic mysteries)

Deadly Forecast by Victoria Laurie (Psychic Eye mysteries)

Tarnished and Torn by Juliet Blackwell (Witchcraft mysteries)

The Hen of the Baskervilles and Duck the Halls by Donna Andrews (Meg Langslow mysteries)

A Custom Fit Crime by Melissa Bourbon (Magical Dressmaking mysteries)

Third Grave Dead Ahead, Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, and Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson series)

Seed No Evil by Kate Collins (Flower Shop mysteries)

Dark Currents and Autumn Bones by Jacqueline Carey (Agent of Hel series)

Touch the Dark, Claimed by Shadow, Embrace the Night, Curse the Dawn, Hunt the Moon, and Tempt the Stars by Karen Chance (Cassandra Palmer series)

There were several first in a series books that I read this year also, but I think I will do a separate round up of those.

I want to include more non-fiction this year and get more knitting done. I need to make more progress on my Bee Keeper's Quilt.

I hope everyone has a happy and healthy 2014!

Happy reading!